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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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461 Ratings
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-02-2012 05:28:29 | More by ThinkAgain
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New York

1/5  rDev -73.6%

03-30-2012 16:14:58 | More by JLapadura
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-29-2012 00:13:22 | More by bluntedboywonder
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 14:08:26 | More by flyingpig
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-26-2012 01:22:39 | More by harrylee773
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-24-2012 18:18:29 | More by bobbybradley
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-23-2012 23:59:03 | More by harris4
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 03:04:48 | More by Doppelbockulus
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-22-2012 19:51:55 | More by tenacioustomato
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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:00:27 | More by Buster
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-19-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-2013
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: 4-back from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and frothy, 3+ fingers high, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Aromas include roasted malts, earthy and wood notes, plus malt sweetness. I get a little whiskey aroma, with a slight smoky smell as well.

Taste is nice and mellow - the roasted grains are there, but not much in the way of burnt bitterness. The whiskey is apparent, but doesn't come off as hot. Flavors also include chocolate and vanillas. Light hop bitterness, with the balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a medium body and just the right level of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry, a bit bitter from the roast, with oak flavors.

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 04:38:44 | More by sommersb
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:28:17 | More by AleWatcher
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Sticker on the bottle placed there by the liquor store says 3/1/2012.

A- Pours a dark black with some light shining through and has a 1/2 inch tan head that does well retaining before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Average lacing.

S- Faint, crisp malt nose that's very subdued in the booze department for a medium ABV beer.

T- Oh, there's the alcohol. Initially unpleasant booziness begins to steady as more sips are taken and the malts are actually allowed to come through. Semi-bitter finish. A lot of non-citric tang activity is brandished throughout.

M- Quite prickly for a stout even if it is aged on Whiskey casks. Medium carbonation adds to the stingy action. It doesn't burn so much as tingles. Probably my favorite part about the beer although it is a bit dry in the finish.

O- Very easy to drink for a barrel aged offering without skimping on flavor. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:29:29 | More by Immortale25
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label with green ink on it? Irish whiskey cask aged? Could this be a St. Patrick's Day release? Hmmm. Anyway, on with the tasting!

Poured into a chilled Innis & Gunn glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Huge head on this beer, at least two inches. Eventually died down and completely dissipated. Jet black and the head is a light khaki color. The appearance of this stout is spot-on.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell coffee and toasted grains and a very slight hint of whiskey.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. As you taste this beer, the flavor becomes more complex. Front is all cool liquid; almost no taste. Middle is slightly sweet with a light vanilla/oaky flavor. Finish is BAM! Almost all the things that make a stout hit you in one swallow: toasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is long and features more chocolate and coffee and the taste of whiskey. Again, wow.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: I was really disappointed with the level of carbonation in this brew. I felt it was far too carbonated for the style and, to a certain extent, detracted from my enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: While I complained about the carbonation in this stout, it is still an excellent stout that all fans of the style should seek out. The taste is excellent and I would heartily recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 03:58:51 | More by BeerDocT
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-17-2012 05:30:58 | More by EricCioe
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-16-2012 04:29:22 | More by mbs11
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-16-2012 01:11:38 | More by RandyKemka
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-16-2012 01:09:54 | More by Goobastic
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, why clear? I was very worried about light stricken beer; glad this one was ok. Poured into my Innis & Gunn tulip glass, the ale is near black with some ruby at the edges of the glass when held to a light. Huge beige head leaves some great lacing on the glass and holds good retention. This was nice to look at. Aromas are Irish whiskey up front with some roasted malt and oak. Tastes are roasted and smoked malt with a nice dose of Irish whiskey and oak with some vanilla notes, followed by an astringent balsamic vinegar finish. Mouth-feel is smooth with appropriate carbonation and is medium bodied. Overall, the best offering from Innis & Gunn that I've had to this point. Nice one to have leading up to St. Patrick's Day. I might have to get another for the actual day.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 02:54:55 | More by barnzy78
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide mouth tulip glass pretty much black, but there are some mahogany edges/hi-lites. The head is a loose and fluffy khaki color that settles to around 1" when left alone. Looks like a proper (non-nitro) stout. Delicate thin sheets of lace that drip ever-so-slightly.

The nose is a bit chocolatey, and there's really not much else to detect. After several swirls of the chalice, a tiny blink of coffee enters my nostrils, then quickly dies-off. Repeat - same.

The roasted malt and coffee/chocolate are now more apparent since I've taken a nice quaff of this ale. The Irish whiskey essence is here too. This I like. I've never placed any spirits into my beer, but this now may change. The whiskey is well balanced and sits right at the back of the tongue. The softness of this stout makes for a delicate barrier to ponder the whiskey, then the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very English-like in the low carbonation realm. A whiskyish finish melds well with the dark, lovely malts.

Overall a stout that I'm pleased I tried. The taste of the Irish whiskey is so very keen, concise and perfectly placed. I have to admit, I tended to believe this was some sort of novelty 'oak aged' beer hype. But now that I've had the opportunity to taste how original and honest this stout is, I will be purchasing a 4-pack (or more for next week) St. Patty's day. Bell's Expedition Stout still sits atop this holiday's choice list though.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 17:58:35 | More by malty
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a slightly translucent brown ale with a darker chestnut hue to it.

S: Very sweet malt scented oak casked beer with a strong scotch ale yeast presence.

T: This is a mildly sweet scotch ale with a dry finish. The scotch ale flavors are pronounced with a nice oak presence. Light vanilla and whisky flavors, but the whiskey seems very light, overshadowed by scotch ale flavors but definitely better than a scotch ale with no whiskey flavors.

M: The beer is very lowly carbonated which is usually about right for the style, with no carbonation sting on the tongue. Medium bodied and drank at room temperature.

O: Overall, this is a good scotch ale under the stout name. I could definitely enjoy this again and I have passed this up many times when I have seen it in the past. The barrel aging is present, but not prominent and while they do add character, this is more of an English cask version of a scotch ale than an Americanized version.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:43:08 | More by alpinebryant
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-11-2012 02:10:10 | More by halo913
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brow with lots of hues of red. The head is medium large, tan and creamy. Decent lacings.

S: Sweet slightly smoked malt, with lots of whiskey influences. Vanilla, kind of artificial - detergent stylee. Fruity, citric and red apples. Some coffee.

T: Rich vanilla and coffee along with some cacao. Sweet. Dark dried fruits. Again whiskey and vanilla. No smoke, though.

M: Body is medium while carbonation is mild. Aftertaste is sweet. Kind of warming, from alcohol.

O: I don't know why I keep buying these beers - acing a beer in a whisky/whiskey is NOT a good idea - the oak gives it an artificial detergent like backbone . I wish they kept the time in the barrels were kept shorter, sonce the only bad thibg about this beer is the whiskey.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 20:03:55 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-10-2012 18:13:24 | More by Eastsideinside
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

03-10-2012 12:27:45 | More by PhillyFA
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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